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Clouds Dispel & Hope Breathes – After The No-Confidence Motion

By Shyamon Jayasinghe –

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Divine Rain

It was like divine rain that ended a crippling and apocalyptic drought for Ranil Wickreamesinghe and his United National Party. The initial gains of the government under his leadership were soon forgotten and it seemed that he had lost all political will to go any further. The bravado and bluff politics of the former regime, now under the guise of the Pohottuwa, gave the illusion of heading for a ruthless reemergence. Politics doesn’t tolerate perceived failure and Ranil’s terminal death seemed close at hand with even his own party men openly showing disgust. With the failure of the motion, Ranil Wickremesinghe, it appears again, seems to be politically unbreakable. But that, again, is another illusion.

Downward Dive

Ranil’s image had been hurtling down at a rate especially since the results of the local government elections.  Complaints were rife that he was indecisive and ambivalent with regard to “catching the thieves and murderers.” President Sirisena, his hitheto ally, had turned foe and he was out for Ranil’s blood. Rogue elements from the former regime-themselves facing serious charges – had been incorporated to the government. These persons like Nimal Siripala, Susil Premjayanth, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, SB Dissanayake, and Dilan Perera had won the ears of the President and they, aided by Ranil haters Shiral Lankatilleka and Maitri Gunaratne, managed to poison the latter.

Sirisena had lost his sense of historical role in the yahapalanaya revolution.

Sirisena had even all but forgotten  how he got to possess the crown. He began trying to redfine himself in an unsustainable and self-delusionary fashion as the one entrusted to bring in a SLFP government sans corruption. Like King Leo, Maitripala Sirisena went mad and began behaving erratically.

All seemed set for the return of the dark age of Mahinda Rajapaksa where we witnessed the dismemberment of the law and justice system, the launching of brutal hit squads reportedly under his powerful brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa, serious accusations of corruption, and the smudging and strangling of our economy with unpayable Chinese loans.

Poor Judgment

Right at this point of strength for Pohottuwa, came down a crushing  head blow on the latter. It was poor political savvyiness on the part of the Joint Opposition and its unofficial leader Mahinda Rajapakse to bring up the no confidence motion against the Prime Minister. Firstly, the Joint Opposition failed to garner the votes and lost with a big margin with many of its numbers abstaining. Second, and worser, was the bad exposure the leaders of the JO got in Parliament. The channels of Sirasa were set to transmit the entire session in Parliament out to overseas diaspora persons like me and inside to all Sri Lankans in towns and villagers, who were watching aghast. I believe that had been Kili Maharaja’s blunder in judgment as he thought it was going to mark his enemy Ranil Wickremesinghe’s night of shame ending the latter’s long career in Parliamentary politics. But Ranil’s stars are better positioned. He could not be vanquished even during a whole decade by the once powerful authoritarian ruler, Mahinda Rajapakse.

The Sessions

Here, in my Australian home, I was watching most of the sessions until the end. I did miss a few good moments, unfortunately; but what I saw and listened to was most entertaining. What would befall those who hurl stones from glass houses befell  the Joint Opposition Pohottuwa guys. Basil Rajapakse, Susil Premajayanth, Anura P Yapa, Wimal Weerawnsa, Dayasiri Jayasekera, Nimal Siripala, Gotabaya, Mahinda himself and so many of the former JO bigwigs got it tight as all charges against them were spelled out. While Susil was addressing  I could hear cries of, “thell ( petrol) hora!” Susil could merely keep jumping up and down like Jack-in-the Box.

Mangala proved excellent in his exposures and so many others from the UNP and Muslim congress side. However, Anura Dissanayake the JVP leader, was best. Anura lashed Ranil as his party voted for the motion; yet, his detailed listing of charges against the former government were more thorough and effective. It was abundantly clear that the JO was drowned in a holocaust of Parliamentary argument and invective.

TNA leader, Sambandan in his characteristic sober manner, questioned the very validity of the contents of the motion. He pointed out that none of the charges could be specific to the Prime Minister’s doings or misdoings. For instance, the failure to act quick enough during the recent Kandy riots cannot be specifically aimed on the PM as the President also shares that blame. The same with the Bond issue, where the Prime Minister was not faulted by the Commission. There were many stakeholders who had to share the blame.

President Maitripala Sirisena got a heavy load of attack from the JVP, while the UNP wisely kept silent on that. I cannot remember any past President heaping attack on himself  in Parliament as Sirisena did last night. President Sirisena has to be aware and rectify himself soon since he has definitely gone wonkers and out of role during the recent days. While his office demands a level of dignity and distance from sectarian strife the President has transgressed that requirement. He is open for impeachment.

Ranil’s Imperatives

Okay, all the above was right. On the other hand, the most important lessons of this episode have to be learnt by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe because this is his last lifeboat. First, he must quicken the court proceedings against those accused. The proposed judicature laws will have to be re-tailored to meet the requirements of the judiciary. Second, he must stand firm against having those Minsters in government who voted for the resolution. These characters must be belted out.  They are a despicable lot. This is not negotiable.  Third, Ranil must have a genuine change of heart and listen to his party and its backbenchers. He must keep tuned-in to the latter always and avoid charges that he is tied to his pals and Royal College elite. Fourth, Ranil must immediately make changes in the  party that satisfies all and makes room for the next tier of leaders.  I see Rosy Senanayake as solid potential. Finally, Ranil must be decisive in all the above and other decisions.

The Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe must recognise the historical role cast upon him as harbinger of the new order of yahapalanaya. This includes ensuring that all citizens -the lowly and the powerful -are equal before the law; ensuring that liberty and freedom of expression is enthroned; that respect for human life and human rights are activated; that the state apparatus is secular; that firm steps for re-conciliation with our Tamil brethren are in place; that those still in prison camps in the north are quickly dealt with and released. Ranil is now focused a lot on our economy. This must be continued so that structural reforms to the economy are set in motion leaving the door open for  growth and increase in national wealth.

To achieve these onerous tasks, the government must be reorganised into self-propelling units  driven by their own steam and power and headed by Ministers. The size of the cabinet must come down to the legal thirty, responsibilities clearly fixed and a system of feedback in operation. I must say his Economic Committee was no good. and Sirisena was right there  To each such ministerial unit must be  attached a few relevant technical consultants.  This is what Lee Quan Yu did when he was Prime Minister.

*The writer can be contacted at sjturaus@optusnet.com.au

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe

      RE: Clouds Dispel & Hope Breathes – After The No-Confidence Motion

      1. “Sirisena had even all but forgotten how he got to possess the crown. He began trying to redfine himself in an unsustainable and self-delusionary fashion as the one entrusted to bring in a SLFP government sans corruption. Like King Leo, Maitripala Sirisena went mad and began behaving erratically.”

      Yes, Sirisena was showing his colors as a Traitor, Patholaya,Sevelaya, Pachaya and Perethaya.

      2. “TNA leader, Sambandan in his characteristic sober manner, questioned the very validity of the contents of the motion. He pointed out that none of the charges could be specific to the Prime Minister’s doings or misdoings. For instance, the failure to act quick enough during the recent Kandy riots cannot be specifically aimed on the PM as the President also shares that blame. The same with the Bond issue, where the Prime Minister was not faulted by the Commission. There were many stakeholders who had to share the blame.”

      Yes. Sirisena was part of the problem as a Traitor, Patholaya,Sevelaya, Pachaya and Perethaya.

      3. “President Maitripala Sirisena got a heavy load of attack from the JVP, while the UNP wisely kept silent on that. I cannot remember any past President heaping attack on himself in Parliament as Sirisena did last night. President Sirisena has to be aware and rectify himself soon since he has definitely gone wonkers and out of role during the recent days. While his office demands a level of dignity and distance from sectarian strife the President has transgressed that requirement. He is open for impeachment.”

      Yes, JVp. Sirisena was part of the problem as a Traitor, Patholaya,Sevelaya, Pachaya and Perethaya.

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    The writer seems rather sentimental.
    It is good to dream, but not so good to daydream.
    *
    Ranil screwed it up the day, not so much when he appointed Mahendran, but when he tried to protect him. He is soft on too many wrongdoers like Ravi K.
    It is not him but it is the UNP as a whole that is in a mess.
    The UNP needs a truly ‘divine rain’ to cleanse it.

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      SJ,

      Sadly, VERY SADLY, many will agree.

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      I agree with the latter part of your post but I dont think Shyamon represents a day dreamer.

      “The Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe must recognise the historical role cast upon him as harbinger of the new order of yahapalanaya. This includes ensuring that all citizens -the lowly and the powerful -are equal before the law; ensuring that liberty and freedom of expression is enthroned; that respect for human life and human rights are activated; that the state apparatus is secular; that firm steps for re-conciliation with our Tamil brethren are in place; that those still in prison camps in the north are quickly dealt with and released. “

      None of the above is un-achievable. If achieved, Ranil will be remembered with reverence, if he fails, his end would be in ignominy.

      I dont know what it takes to make him ruthless, but a ruthless streak in him is the crying need of the hour. Zero tolerance in some aspects a MUST.

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    Poor dayan may be crying for his wrong calculation..
    Sorry for MR and co.
    Sorry for M&S.
    M&s is making some political suicide .
    People are cleaver enough today .
    People want peace now .
    You cannot win votes behind doors ..
    Be honest.
    People want to see peace in the country.

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe

    Have you seen Dayan the Public Racist Dayan Jayatilleka?
    He is gone mute in the past 24 hours.
    Is it possible to make it permanent for at least a month until Dr Mahinda’s imagined victory celebrations die down? He said the defeat of the No-Confidence Motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is also a victory, a mathematical abstract logic formulated by Namal Baby’s childminder G L Pieris.

    PS
    UNHRC voted in favour of a resolution against Sri Lanka, for 23, against 12 and abstention 12. GL believed Sri Lanka actually had won (12 + 12 = 24), abstentions at the UNHRC can be counted as a no vote and hence Sri Lanka has apparently won at UNHRC.

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    “To each such ministerial unit must be attached a few relevant technical consultants. This is what Lee Quan Yu did when he was Prime Minister.”

    Singapore is a Small Island, where Natural Beauty had ceased to exist in a Concrete Jungle. It had to be created Artificially!

    Sri Lanka with Her Wealth of Forests and Wildlife, Beautiful Beaches and Waterfalls does not need the Artificiality which our ‘New Rich’ Politicians admire so much in the Man Made attractions of Singapore and Dubai!

    Sri Lanka’s Politicians decided that they knew better than Qualified Technical Consultants and carried on with what they thought were Development Projects, which are Now recognized as Environmental Disasters!

    Since Sri Lanka depends on Tourism for much of its Foreign Income, Destruction of these Tourist Attractions by Indiscriminate ‘Development’ will be the End of Eco-Tourism, which More and More Travellers from the Developed World seek here, in our Beautiful Motherland

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    With respect to the last paragraph, some additional actions are also recommended.

    Once in three months every single Minister must hold a press and public conference that should be attended by the press and interested members of the public. The Minister should read out a short report of all the useful work he has done and tasks he has accomplished over the previous three months in respect of the matters coming under the purview of his Ministry. The public should be allowed to speak directly to the Minister and lodge any complaints and ask any questions.

    What is happening now is that Ministers are enjoying all the perks and privileges of their posts without doing any work, doing anything useful or constructive and without any accountability to anyone. To put it bluntly, most of them are leading parasitical lives at the expense of the public, all whom pay a massive proportion of their earnings as indirect taxes!

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    Brilliant Shaymon.

    just to take the shine away from UNP victory. Sirasa did a dirty thing by showing breaking news about the attack.

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    Dear Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe,
    First of all, I congratulate for winning the NCM. However, I don’t think that you personally deserve that win. In fact it is the Tamils and Muslims who saved you and the nation because they felt that the intention of the group brought this NCM was not about the mismanagement of the economy but is was about stopping the progress made on the reconciliation, restructuring of the constitution and stabilising the law & order & justice system. There are a few important things to be urgently addressed before you leave in 2020. Firstly allow the rule of law and justice system to work independently urgently to complete all the fraud, corruption and misuse of power charges including the Central Bank scam & corruption under previous regime. Secondly, the Tamils and Muslims deserve their right of security and complete that process of new constitution. Finally you have to leave politics with this period and I am sure your party should become more democratic, more dynamic and reach the people in every corner of this country.

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    Ranil has been given a life line. It’s time he realized that as PM, the country comes first & should not turn a blind eye to his corrupt cronies & colleagues, inside & outside Parliament but facilitate the enforcement of rule of law. RK & his cronies may have financed the party with laundered money but Ranil should know that there is no such thing as a free lunch, so he should maintain discipline in the party & get everyone to toe the party line. For example, there are rumblings about Premadasa jnr. doling out money to temples &, if so, questions need to be asked whose money & whether it confirms to party principals. Above all, if Ranil really wants to eliminate corruption & reform his party, all he has to do is to ask his Parliamentarians to voluntarily refuse some of the perks, like vehicle permits. We will then see how many are genuinely sincere politicians. Has he got the guts to do it?

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    ‘….harbinger of the new order of yahapalanaya. This includes ensuring that all citizens -the lowly and the powerful -are equal before the law;.ensuring that liberty and freedom of expression is enthroned; that respect for human life and human rights….’

    Sounds very much like that 100 day programme. It will never happen.

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    Well, well, Ranil may have ‘won’ with $5000,000 a vote, paid for by the US and Indian embassies. But the view of the electorate on this ‘spineless hero’ has not changed. We will teach ‘Unge Nadayinge Paksaya’ (Ranil, Ruwan, Wasantha etc) a lesson at the next election!

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    The whole country was of the impression that UNP’s future has gone beyond repairs and Ranil can’t be its saviour anymore, as a leader he failed miserably. Ranil’s brainy ideas couldn’t bring UNP as a powerful political entity to face the onslaught of Mahinda & the gang. People are behind Mahinda Rajapakse and his team which was very evident in the recently held local government elections. Even with ad-hoc political setup Mahinda Rajapakse won resoundingly well. Surviving in a No-confident motion is a pathetic state of affair. Facing a No-confident motion is the worst nightmare for a political leader who has been accused of serious wrongdoings. Bonds scam has been the mother of all blunders our country had faced in the past. Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister could not prevent it from happening which is a sad story.

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    the problem is shyamon, ranil, is too weak to do the things you want him to do
    he is no ranjan wijeratne and never will be
    he has always been a talker not a doer

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    How stupid is the little world we live in? There is a man (Ranil) who has been UNP leader since 1994, losing 30 elections, never caring to resign, clinging on to leadership like a leech. Next he is involved in the robbery of the Central Bank, up to his neck in it. Then comes noconfidence against him. He ‘wins’ it by paying the bribe taking thieves in Sri Lankan parliament. Then the boot licking ‘Vandibattayas’ in SL and living overseas are planning for a ‘bright’ future with the same rogue on top! Good luck!

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    Shaymon , you are jubilant because for you the clouds have disappeared and the sun is shining. But for me, it is still foggy. In fact, since that fateful day, 04th April, it has become foggier. I wanted to know the truth. And for me it is not yet revealed. None of the big talk and the lengthy reports has answered the most important question: ‘Kavuda Hora’?
    Arjuna has definitely been a Hora. But are there other who are guilty? The Rajapakse camp of course is shouting that Ranil is a Hora. My problem is how we can depend on a Hora to find another Hora.
    With the situation as it is, I cannot rejoice – nor can I lament. At least the chaos has subsided and a semblance of order prevails. That makes me less sorrowful – but not happy. Bertolt Brecht said, it is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk. Let those small time crooks learn that, in Sri Lanka it is easier to rob a bank by setting up a bond issue than by holding up a bank clerk. I say that because, those petty crooks sometimes kill or injure bank clerks, customers, security officers and even themselves by using obsolete methods to rob a few lakhs from chutti banks. They should watch the great robbers and learn the civilized way of doing so.

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    My Dear Shyamon,

    I am sad about you . But you may be happy but your happiness is temporary. The real winner of this NCM is the joint opposition. If they had won this NCM, it would boost the image of the MY3. That is a negative for the JO. Ranil, UNP and MY 3 and his useless henchmen have been already written off by the Majority Sri Lankan people. They do not have any political future in Sri Lanka. This is their last chance. It takes maximum two years to change this government and it would be very easy task for the Sri Lankan people and JO.

    Ranil and UNP won this time because of the TNA. As a result, majority Sri Lankan people would reject RANIL, UNP and MY3. Because, they have already proven that they can not develop our country and they can not do it in the future. Simply, they do not have the ability, vision and mission.

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      Sunil Dahanayake

      “I am sad about you .”

      I am also sad because Shyamon Jayasinghe is getting old by the second.
      Not many people are left in this island to say the right thing when crooks swarm the parliament, state institutions , political partys, temples, ……………..

      “The real winner of this NCM is the joint opposition.”

      You are right the joint opposition is the real winner, if we use G L Pieris’s logic. Let celebrate the victory.

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    Congratulations to Ranil for saving the country from going back to the dark ages. Get to work fast and show that you are a savior to all victims of hate crimes , the murdered journalists , victims of the torture of the MR regime , etc etc. Make the cost of living affordable , give the minorities the right to earn their living in democratic and fair manner , then Sir you will be voted back to power again and again. Srilanka will be in the top for her democratic values.

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    Sunil Dahanayake

    “I am sad about you .”

    I am also sad because Shyamon Jayasinghe is getting old by the second.
    Not many people are left in this island to say the right thing when crooks swarm the parliament, state institutions , political partys, temples, ……………..

    “The real winner of this NCM is the joint opposition.”

    You are right the joint opposition is the real winner, if we use G L Pieris’s logic. Let celebrate the victory.

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    good analysis but no basis to glorify Rosy Senanayake ,what has she done or achieved for the party ???She is there solely because she was picked by Ranil

    Mr Sumanthiran’s speech was excellent

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    Only thong I say is that MCC program worked. ShyamonJayasinghe, I followed your articles. I thought you are joking. Now, I know YOu area Rationalist man. I know what your ambitions are. If I write more CT will delete this.

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    The whole parliament is corrupt. CBK was identified as CHORA RAJINA. So was Mahinda Rajapakses and his gang and so is the Ranil and his gang. Maithriapal sirisena may be relatively less corrupt. Now, the problem for those who scream is if Mahinda Rajapaske comes back. When Ranil and the UNP are thieves, why not Mahinda Rajapakse. Only thing is Mahinda rajapakse should recognize who his enemies are and who is his suporters are. the last time, he gave all the ammunition that his foes wanted. He di dvery stupid things. AS there is no a good team is in the vicinity. Mahinda Rajapakse should be a definite choice. No-comfidence motion proved it. I t was proved BEYOND doubt. Other wise, Sri lanka will be bi g trouble. the lat time MR gave ammunition to the enemies. this rime Ranil and UNP gave everything what others want.

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    Anyway, Because of the no-confidence motion Ranil showed Ranil and his team is far far corrupt than the MR and his team. At least MR will do something for the 69% of the voters plus Hindu Tamils.. Even TNA is only for them selves to hold onto their revenue streams. In comparison to MR Ranil and his team is far destructive to the country. there may be people at the back. UNP is not DUDLEY SENANAYAKE’s UNP. RANIL ruined it. This UNP must disappear.

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    RW has reached the point in the maze which has only one way out.
    Clear the bond issue AND then the other ‘corruption/nepotism’ issues – in that order.
    Be prepared for the SLPP language/religion-divide onslaught.

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    The NCM took the clothes off every JO rascal. As Shyamon rightly states, they tried to throw stones while being in glass houses. Their trousers and kaput suites came down and they were naked

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    ” President Sirisena, his hitheto ally, had turned foe and he was out for Ranil’s blood. ” – SJ.

    THis has been the saddest chapter of it all; the public fall out, the complete loss of face in one man, and the manner in which the other bore it all with aplomb and dignity….. they were the abiding memories.

    Sirisena does not know how much he has ruined his once well-earned repute of a brave man going against the prevailing unjust tide. He is being very badly advised.

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    “Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe must recognise the historical role cast upon him as harbinger of the new order of yahapalanaya” Ha hah… LOL by walking into a jail and locking himself in with buddy Mahendran.

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    Before one talks about economic recovery of SL, All Sri Lankans need to find permanent solution to Tamils + Muslims problems/issues
    New Constitution is a must
    GoSL needs to get the Buddhist Clergy to support it in order to promote ethnic and religious harmony

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      Naman

      “GoSL needs to get the Buddhist Clergy to support it in order to promote ethnic and religious harmony”

      Don’t expect the Mahasangha to promote ethnic or religious harmony on the contrary they are ever ready to wreck them or they keep mum while someone else to doing it for them. Wait until final draft copy of the new constitution is officially published, they will be fired up and come out with all guns blazing.

      Gnanasara is the foot soldier who is suppose to protect what the Mahasangha consider as its own interest. It has nothing to with Buddhism as we know it. Has the Mahasangha ever condemned saffron clad thugs like Gnanasara?

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    I agree with Justice & Faithplay. Maitripala has become a comedian. The writer imaginatively draws in King Leo who went mad.The king eventually gave away all his estate to those who praised him and told him he was perfectly normal.I tell you, Sirisena should be impeached

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